FOGcon is committed to offering a convention experience as free from harassment as we can make it for our members regardless of characteristics such as gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, race, religion, nationality, or social class. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. FOGcon attendees violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the convention without a refund at the discretion of the convention organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to such characteristics, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome attention. Attendees asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a FOGcon attendee engages in harassing behavior, the convention organizers may take any lawful action we deem appropriate, including but not limited to warning the offender or expelling them from the convention with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have similar concerns, please contact a convention staff member immediately. While we are primarily concerned with preventing harassment in FOGcon space during the convention, we will also respond to FOGcon-related situations that might occur outside that space, for example in local shops, bars, restaurants, or on the street, or in online contexts.

Convention staff will help attendees contact hotel security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel less unsafe for the duration of the convention. We value your presence.

Walnut Creek Marriott hotel security: 1-925-934-2000
Police: 911 (emergencies only)
National Sexual Assault Hotline: (800) 656-4673 (24 hour crisis line)
Medical help: 911 (emergencies only)
Walnut Creek Taxi: (925) 934-2111

We expect attendees to respect each other and each other’s boundaries in all convention space including but not limited to programming, parties, dealer’s room, and consuite.

For additional information and ideas, check out the Open Source Women Back Each Other Up Project & Gentleman’s Auxiliary and the Con Anti-Harassment Project.